2590 Capital Avenue SW
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Phone: (269) 965-3201
Fax: (269) 965-1639
The Binder Park Zoo was founded in 1977 near Battle Creek, Michigan. It is spread over 433 acres (175 hectares) and is one of the largest zoos in the state. It is home to numerous plants and animals which also includes a section called Wild Africa. It is an esteemed member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The other facilities available here are trains, trams, and a Wild Discovery Theatre.
Monument Park, located on Division Street, was established in 1917 in honor of C.W. Post, one of the most prominent citizens of Battle Creek. In 1997, a monument dedicated to Sojourner Truth, designed by Tina Allen was unveiled in the park. Depicting Truth at one of her speeches, this statue serves as a constant reminder of the great lady's achievements. Admission in the park is free of charge.
This Kellogg Arena couples big-city amenities with small-town hospitality. The 30,000 square-foot space comes with a personalized staff, a fully equipped kitchen, a convention booth, stands, sports courts, circles and mats. Climate control, a 600-amp, three-phase power system, a high fidelity sound system and a theatrical curtaining system make it a great venue for high-adrenaline sporting action, dramas and plays. Up to 8500 people can be seated in the arena, and 6000 seats can be made reserved seating depending on the event of the day. Look up the website for the schedule - car shows, gymnastic performances, circuses and dance troupes are some of the features.
Established in 1871, the Kingman Museum has been teaching the community of Battle Creek about natural history and world history for more than a century! Located on the Limit Street, the treasures here have no limits! With excellent programs for school children that focus on fun-learning, the museum also features a well maintained planetarium and a gift shop. Not to be missed here are the 1939 preserved human embryos and fetuses that swing between spooky, bizarre and beautiful. One of the very few places in the country to display almost fully developed fetuses, the Kingman Museum makes for an interesting visit! Open for public on Saturdays and Sundays between 12p and 4p, it is open only for private groups between Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The American Museum of Magic houses over half a million exhibits that include props used by famous magicians, photographs, books and magazines; all dedicated to the study of magic. Open to public, it is home to some of the rarest pieces in the world; the floating bulb that was designed by Thomas Edison is one such example. Open times may vary, so it is recommended you call ahead.
Known as one of the few wineries in the world that makes wine without chemicals or preservatives, this commercial winery offers wine tastings year round. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm Monday, Friday and Saturday and on Sunday from noon until 6 pm.
This charming museum is the perfect way to explore automotive history. From hot rods to pedal cars to an 1899 locomotive, you'll find cars of every shape and size here. Not only can you see over 300 cars, including antiques and collector vehicles, you can also see old American buildings. Spread out on 90 acres, the historic buildings adds to the vintage feel, including a Franklin Car Dealership from the 1918 and a 1930s Shell Gas Station. If you get hungry stop by the onsite 1941 George & Sally’s Blue Moon Dine for a slice of apple pie.
Established in 1977, the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, also called the Air Zoo, is located on Portage Road in near Downtown Portage. Displaying an eclectic collection of rare and antique aircrafts that includes a space simulator, the museum is also home to the biggest indoor, hand painted mural in the world. Just a few miles away from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport, it also features a canteen and a gift shop. There are also many flight simulators on the offer.
Known for their unique and creative beers, this brewery offers tours on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Their pub-on-site lets you taste many of the noted beers that this company produces. There is also a general store on site that sells homebrewing supplies, gifts, and beer-to-go.
Bell's Brewery was established in the year 1985 and since then has opened eighteen branches in different states. The place brews twenty beers for sale across the country, besides its local produce that is exclusively available in their pub. Get a taste of the delectable brews at the brewery's Eccentric Cafe and get to know more about the fine and delicate process of beer making. Take home a small memento of your trip from their shop to remember this unique experience. To know more about the place, check the website.
Named after the city's founder Titus Bronson, the Bronson Park in Downtown Kalamazoo has been a great landmark since its establishment. Hugely popular with kids and adults alike, the park also plays host to various events and concerts like art fairs, New Year's Eve festivities and much more. Flanked mostly by churches and important buildings on all sides, it forms the center of what is called the Bronson Park District of the city. Bronson Park is also home to one of the most popular sculptures in the city called Fountain of the Pioneers which portrays a Native American with the headgear standing face-to-face with an early western settler.
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts or KIA as it is lovingly called is a rich resource for arts, and known to rope in some of the best traveling exhibitions in the state. Their permanent painting collection is not too bad either. Educational programs are always on for adults, kids, families and teenagers who can enjoy the classes and walks. Check website for details on past, current and upcoming exhibitions. Admission is free!